Please don't compare the Redskins QB situation to ours. Shanahan is benching RG3 because he's trying to get fired, not because he actually thinks it helps his team now or in the future.
MF1 and others nailed it, you bench Ryan it sends the same signal that trading Tony would have done, "We're quitting for\ the rest of the year," and thus when the year is over and all the players come back next year, the fight is out of the dog. The potential for them not respecting the coaching staff increases dramatically, because Mike Smith is entering the final year of his contract and you have a lame duck season akin to John Fox in Carolina in 2010.
We know what we have in Dominique Davis. An athletic, but inaccurate QB that needs more reps and time to develop. If there was a such thing as NFL Europe or another developmental league, he'd be a prime candidate to go there and get the reps he needs to develop. But I don't think we should just sub the last 3 games of the season (or any games really) for NFL Europe. If Davis develops, he develops. If he doesn't, then he doesn't. But ultimately it's meaningless to the health of this team. Unless you think Davis is going to be the difference between us winning a Super Bowl or not like Bledsoe in '01 or Hostetler in '90 or Doug Williams in '87, and I for one don't think he is or ever will be, who cares what you have.
You just paid $104 million to Matt Ryan. The focus should be on getting the most out of him rather than some clipboard holder that makes $500,000.
I want to stress that I am not asking Double D to 'start' the last three games, unlike Cousins. Im talking about playing some 'significant' time, perhaps the 4th quarter.
Abe playing deep into the fourth quarter
in a meaningless
game could have cost us the trip to the Superbowl. I know that Cyril has a point about being 'rusty' by sitting starters in that last game, and I do think there is something to be said about that. If Matt Ryan gets injured playing deep in the fourth in another
meaningless game, I just dont think I can overlook that.
The cognitive dissonance is curious. On one hand, most everyone here is desperate to get Clowney, as he is supposed to be a 'once in a decade' type player. But, our best chance of screwing that up is letting our 104 million dollar QB try to win each game. Some here think an NFL player can be a victim of 'bullying', but to suggest Ryan sit a little is suddenly sending a terrible message of 'pussying out' or letting one player 'be safe'.
I see Ryan getting creamed every week, and cringe. The man must be made of rubber, but eventually, if you tempt the fates, they tend to even the score.
Here's a question for y'all: if were up by 3TD's OR
3 points, at the end of the 3rd, do you want Ryan starting the fourth? How much do you want him to play? Do you keep him in if were only down three? if he gets injured playing in garbage time when were 3-10 and up by three TD's, who do you hold accountable for that, if anyone?